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Padres place Chase Headley on the disabled list

Apr 25, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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Chase Headley seemed to know it was bad as soon as he exited yesterday’s game with a calf injury and sure enough the Padres have placed the third baseman on the disabled list.

Headley missed most of spring training with the same injury, so they’re not taking any chances this time around. He’s also been playing through knee and biceps injury while hitting just .186 through 20 games, so the impending free agent’s walk year is off to a very rough start.

To replace Headley on the roster the Padres called up former first-round pick Jace Peterson from Double-A for his first big-league stint. He’s a shortstop, but could see some action at third base depending on how much manager Bud Black wants to use Alexi Amarista there.

  1. icanspeel - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Going to be tough to replace that .186 bat.

  2. ptfu - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    I wonder if they’d temporarily move current 2B Jedd Gyorko to 3B. The Jerk was originally at third, switching to second mostly because Headley was blocking him.

    • marketingforcontractors - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Gyorko never played 3B at any point before the Padres converted him in the minors and he pretty much stunk it up at 3B on defense.

      Hoping they keep him at 2B and play Amarista and Peterson at 3B. Peterson played a lot of 3B in spring training and one game there for San Antonio this season.

  3. uyf1950 - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Headley’s hoped “big payday” in FA this winter is taking a serious hit. He may be better off accepting the Padres QO if they still intend to offer him one.

    • marketingforcontractors - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Headley will still get a 9 figure deal from some team. A short stint on the DL won’t change that and neither will two weeks worth of stats in early April.

      You just cant deny that he has been the most durable 3B in Padres history or that he has hit so well on the road over his career. (.293/.366 through 2013) And the fact that he is among the best defensive 3B in the game will only help his case for the big payday.

      We all know how hard it is to hit, especially for lefties, at Petco and Headley has hit a lot better than other 3B there. About 30 points better both in batting average and slugging.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        Of course if this is just a hiccup then forget what I said. BUT if he has a repeat of his 2013 season and has other stints on the DL short or not his FA will take a hit.

        BTW if you check his 2013 splits home and away were nearly identical. If fact his away stats were slightly worse.

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